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The Crack

Ruts Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (9 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000081US
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Babylon's Burning
2. Dope for Guns
3. S.U.S
4. Something That I Said
5. You're Just A...
6. It Was Cold
7. Savage Circle
8. Jah War
9. Criminal Mind
10. Backbiter
11. Out of Order
12. Human Punk
13. Give Youth A Chance
14. I Ain't Sofisticated
15. The Crack

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most underrated band of its era 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ruts were a band way ahead of their time. Bands like Nirvana seem to have picked up, ironically, from where this band's future was cut short: the death of its vocalist. Each song on Crack is strong and powerful and proof of the musical ability Ruts were renowned for. The order of the songs (pure genius, if deliberate) takes the listener on a rough journey through an urban landscape, from the raw punk of "Something that I said" through the menace of "It was cold" and the contemplativeness of "Jah Wars" to the sheer live climax of "Human Punk". After all these years it still sounds fresh and important. A perfect album indeed, that moves way beyond the boundaries of the era it was created in.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the greatest album of all time 29 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I know it's a strong claim to make but this album stands up to anything today. Musically, the band were light years ahead of their peers and it shows on the whole of this album, especially SUS and It Was Cold. The first band I ever saw in 1979 and it will remain one of my greatest memories.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the top 10 punk records of all times 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this record in 1980 and it is amazing how well this record has stood the test of time. Even today they run circles around most bands that pass as "punk". Awesome playing, totally rocking and powerful punk and a good dosage of reggae-influences make this an all time classic. This LP and the pre "Grin And Bear It" singles are all you should look for by the band. Take a pass on the RUTS D.C. stuff (which is still decent). Of course it is better to have this on vinyl... but oh well.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A punk rock classic. Virtually untouchable. 1 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
This band had it all and this album is a real landmark in my view. Excellent production too. One of the few albums from that era that still packs a punch. Fast, slow, moody, uplifting. All faces of 1978 punk get air time here. If you want to know where US band like Dag Nasty (and the rest of the DC crowd) and countless early 90's UK outfits went to school you should check this album out. Massively influential and quite rightly so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most musically talented punk band ever. 18 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Ruts managed to put pundits of 'Punks cant play' in there place. All of the musicians on this album were top class. The lyrics were sharp, and the pace full on. If you like your music tunefull, load, and punk, with the reggee overtone that only this band done sooooo well, then this album is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all time great The Crack 19 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album goes down as one of my all time greats and I am amazed at how little attention it gets. It's packed full of awsome tracks like "Dope for Guns" and "Somethin' that I said" and of course Babylon's burning. Full of raw punk energy with a good layer of reggae inspired rhythm. It captures the ambience of the times with songs like SUS and Jah Wars.

I was lucky enough to be in the crowd at the Marquee when the last tracks were recorded. What a night and what a band. They would wipe the floor with most of todays offerings.
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